Academic Calendar 2021-2022

Religious Studies (RELS)

RELS 131  World Religions/Religious Worlds  Units: 6.00  

Introduces religion in India, China and Japan; also the movements of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Humanism.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.
LEARNING HOURS 228 (48L;24T;156P)

Requirements: Prerequisite None.  
Course Equivalencies: RELS131; RELS131B  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 137  Religion and Film  Units: 3.00  

This course will explore how religion is portrayed in film, noting particularly the depiction of religious belief, practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the use of religious symbols and metaphors.
LEARNING HOURS 126 (12L24G;90P).

Requirements: Prerequisite None. Equivalency RELS 237.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 140  Religion and Science  Units: 3.00  

This course examines the categories of both science and religion and attempts to explore the possible relationships between them. Case studies involve: medicine and health, relationships with other animals, concepts of human nature, super/natural ontologies, and science-and-technology-based religions.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12T;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite None.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 161  Contemporary Problems in Religion and Culture  Units: 6.00  

Explores religious issues in culture, literature, politics and social ethics.
LEARNING HOURS 228 (48L;24T;156P).

Requirements: Prerequisite None.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 162  Religion, News and Media  Units: 3.00  

This course will identify and describe characteristics of religion as they appear in news reports of social, political, and economic aspects of public life and analyze how the news presents, shapes, and creates perceptions of religion in public discourse.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12T;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite None.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 163  Religion and Popular Culture  Units: 3.00  

This course will identify and describe characteristics of religion as they appear in popular culture (e.g. fashion; comics; movies; art; music; novels; sitcoms; dramas; video games) and analyze how such depictions present, shape, and create perceptions of religion in public discourse.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;12T;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite None.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 200  Religion and Global Development  Units: 3.00  

This course will examine the vital role that different religious ideas and groups play in major development organizations and initiatives. Students will look at how religious ideas and groups have influenced issues around global poverty, pandemics, child welfare, economics and debt relief, education, etc.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;9G;75P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above and 6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 201  Topics in Religious Studies l  Units: 3.00  

A topic of current interest in Religious Studies not covered in other available courses.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 202  Traditions in Religious Studies  Units: 3.00  

A topic of current interest in Religious Studies not covered in other available courses.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 209  Radical Jews  Units: 3.00  

This course examines the life and work of Jewish radical thinkers: analysts, anarchists, communists, feminists, environmentalists, and anti-nationalists. We will be interested both in the ways they created difficulties for dominant cultural and political institutions, and traditional Jewish authorities.
LEARNING HOURS 126 (12L;12T;12O;90P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above and 6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 210  Hebrew Bible  Units: 3.00  

Introduction in the light of the political, cultural, and religious history of ancient Israel and Judah.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 212  Mythology of the Ancient Near East  Units: 3.00  

Similarities and differences in the myths of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia will be explored on the basis of material remains (e.g., the pyramids and temple architecture) and texts.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 214  The New Testament  Units: 3.00  

As religious literature expressing the witness to Jesus; and as source for the history, trends and problems of early Christianity.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 218  Christianity  Units: 3.00  

Introduction to Christianity as a religious tradition through its texts, its history and its contemporary forms.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 221  New Religious Movements  Units: 3.00  

All religions were once new, small, and unusual to the cultures around them - often therefore attracting suspicion. This course examines the practices, beliefs, and histories of several NRMs, and why some gain legitimacy while others get derided as "cults." Doing so illuminates broader processes like mythmaking, Othering, and (de)secularization.
LEARNING HOURS 126 (24L;12G;6O;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 222  The Hindu World  Units: 3.00  

Developments through 3,000 years of Indian history; the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga and Vedanta, mythology of Vishnu and Shiva, and recent Hindu thinkers (e.g., Tagore, Aurobindo).
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 223  Buddhism  Units: 3.00  

Buddhism in India, the life and teaching of Gautama the Buddha, and the growth of the Theravadin and Mahayanist traditions.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 224  Taoism  Units: 3.00  

The philosophy, worldview, spirituality and ethics of Taoism, China's organized indigenous religion, in Chinese history and in the contemporary world.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 226  Islam  Units: 3.00  

Historical and topical survey of Islam, its development through the study of its rise, institutionalization of its beliefs and practices, formation of its theology, law, mysticism; as well as its modern interpretations and practices.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 227  Indigenous Tradition in North America  Units: 3.00  

Introduction to the study of Indigenous traditions in North America.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 228  Sages, Scholars and Rabbis  Units: 3.00  

The religious institutions produced by the Jews from the second to the seventh centuries. This course will explore in critical fashion the principal areas of rabbinic activity including: topics on jurisprudence, philosophy, social and political thinking, the role of tradition and scriptures.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 229  Confucianism  Units: 3.00  

The philosophy, worldview, spirituality and ethics of Confucianism in its classical, modern and contemporary forms.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 232  Religion and Social Movements  Units: 3.00  

This course will examine the field of social movements studies, with a particular focus on how religion has played a role in the rise of social movements, how religious communities have been influenced by social movements, and how mobilization and activism around social justice issues is coloured by religion and culture.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;9G;75P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 234  Judaism  Units: 3.00  

An introduction to the self-definition of Judaism through an analysis of the concepts of God, Torah and Israel past and present. Also, a preliminary study of the struggles facing Jews in Europe, the State of Israel and North America.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 235  Religion and Environment  Units: 3.00  

Examines how religious traditions shape human values and behaviours towards the environment and how environmental problems are shaping the evolution of religious and spiritual traditions.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 236  Religion and Sex  Units: 3.00  

Views of and attitudes toward sexuality in selected world religions; the place of sexuality in religious traditions; relationship between sex and the sacred; specific topics such as marriage, gay and lesbian issues, contraception will be chosen.
LEARNING HOURS 126 (36L;12G;6O;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 239  Religion and Sport  Units: 3.00  

This course will provide an overview of the relatively new and expanding body of research that examines the relationship between sport, spirituality and religion. Topics including play, games, flow, ritual, prayer, sports stars as role models, doping, fandom and miracles in sport will be explored.
LEARNING HOURS 129 (36L;93P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 240  Magic, Witchcraft, and the Supernatural  Units: 3.00  

Studies the differences between the categories of religion, magic, witchcraft, the supernatural, etc., as constructed in scholarship, popular culture, and practice. Focuses on examples such as New Religious Movements, depictions of magic in film and TV, and moral panics over alleged occult practices, and the histories that let us make sense of them.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (24L;6G;12O;78P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 250  Mythology of Heroes, Heroines and Saints  Units: 3.00  

Their place in religious consciousness with a variety of examples.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 252  Mysticism  Units: 3.00  

The academic study of mysticism; mystical movements; and mystics.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 255  Research Methods in Religious Studies  Units: 3.00  

An investigation into the techniques of critical reading and writing for research in Religious Studies.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level). Equivalency RELS 355.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 266  Religion and Social Ethics  Units: 3.00  

Moral problems and religious responses: e.g., sexual morality; violence; civil disobedience.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 296  Islam in Canada  Units: 3.00  

This course examines the historical and contemporary expressions of Islam in Canada. Starting from early Muslim migrants to Canada to current issues of media representations, Islamophobia, and gender and sexuality, as they are unfolding in Canadian contexts for Muslims.
LEARNING HOURS 138 (18L;18S;12G;90P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 301  Themes in Religious Studies  Units: 3.00  

A topic of current interest in Religious Studies not covered in other available courses.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 302  Traditions in Religious Studies  Units: 3.00  

A topic of current interest in Religious Studies not covered in other available courses.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 312  Christian Feminist Theology  Units: 3.00  

Issues raised by the feminist critique of traditional Christian theology and feminist attempts at theological reconstruction.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 321  Greek and Roman Religions  Units: 3.00  

A study of the development and organization of non-civic religious associations in the Greek and Roman empires using inscriptions, papyri, and literary texts. Insight into religious practices of the Greco-Roman period comes through exploration of groups organized by deity, cult, occupation, or ethnic identity, and the so-called mystery religions.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 322  Yoga in India and the West  Units: 3.00  

Surveys the history and philosophy of yoga in India and the West.
NOTE Yoga practicum: estimated cost $85.
LEARNING HOURS 128 (36L;8Oc;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 326  Religion and Politics in Muslim Societies  Units: 3.00  

Explores the role of religion in the politics of Muslim societies with particular attention to the modern period.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 328  Interpretation of Apocalyptic Literature  Units: 3.00  

The primary focus of the course will be the theological perspectives and social functions of apocalyptic in select religious traditions. The course will also survey the appropriation of apocalyptic themes throughout history in artistic forms such as art, fiction, and film, with particular attention to our modern times and cultures.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 331  Religion and Violence  Units: 3.00  

Links between violence and religious beliefs, practices and institutions; for example, sacrifice, holy wars, scapegoating, and suicide.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 332  Race, Ethnicity, and Religion  Units: 3.00  

The course will explore the intersection of race, ethnicity, and religion, alongside gender, sexuality, culture and more. It will challenge students to think about how racial identities, theories, and movements implicate(d) the way religious communities construct their own systems and worldviews.
LEARNING HOURS 128 (18L;18S;12G;80P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 334  Jewish Views of the Other  Units: 3.00  

A study of the tensions that come into play as Jews formulated views of the Other to balance co-existence with them. Source materials include authoritative writings of Jewish commentary and law and social scientific views of them.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 340  Religion and Democracy  Units: 3.00  

Deals with the role of religion in the public sphere and its relation to liberal democracy. It examines the (in)compatibility of some tenets of certain religions with modern democratic principles.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 341  Spirituality, Secularity, and Nonreligion  Units: 3.00  

A study of concepts intended to summarize positions which are necessarily defined in reference to religion but considered to be other than religious. We explore the origins and presents of perspectives and experiences including the secular, spiritual-but-not-religious, atheistic, and other forms of imitation, indifference, and hostility to religion.
LEARNING HOURS 126 (24L;6G;12O;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 345  Religion and Art  Units: 3.00  

An examination of discursive, historiographical, and affective aspects of a variety of historical and contemporary artistic expressions (e.g., painting, sculpture, video) through the lens of Religious Studies.
NOTE Field trip: estimated cost $38.
LEARNING HOURS 126 (12L;24G;90P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 353  Interpretation Of Religion  Units: 6.00  

Requirements: (RELS2### AND 99999999)  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 354  Theory in Religious Studies  Units: 3.00  

An introduction to major theoretical approaches to the study of religion.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above and 6.0 units in RELS at the 200-level. Exclusion A maximum of 6.0 units from RELS 353; RELS 354; RELS 355.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 367  Religion and Biomedical Ethics  Units: 3.00  

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of some ethical issues that arise at the intersection of biomedicine and religion. These ethical issues include moral distress, consent, beginning of life issues, indigeneity and healing, medically assisted death, gene editing, and anti-aging interventions.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (18L18S;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level). Equivalency RELS 268.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 368  Religion and Business Ethics  Units: 3.00  

Students will develop background knowledge and analytic skills necessary to identify and negotiate religious commitments in business relationships and resolve ethical issues around the role of religion in business contexts. We will analyze case studies to explore various ways in which business practitioners can and do address questions arising in everyday interactions in the business world.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 385  Religious Fundamentalisms  Units: 3.00  

Religious fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon not exclusive to any religion. In the past few decades, religious fundamentalist movements have been shaping new social, cultural and political norms in a predominately secular age. The course explores theoretical aspects and examines specific case studies across various religions and cultures.
LEARNING HOURS 126 (36L;20O;70P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 393  Buddhism in the Modern World  Units: 3.00  

Encounter between Buddhism and the West, major movements and thinkers, and socio-politically engaged Buddhism.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 394  Religion and Politics in Contemporary China  Units: 3.00  

Examines Chinese and foreign religions in mainland China from 1949 to the present day. Topics include the status of established religions, the political control of new religious movements and the resurgence of traditional Chinese religions and ideologies including Daoism and Confucianism.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 396  Islam in the Modern World  Units: 3.00  

Exploration of Islamic developments since the 19th century: major thinkers, trends of thought, and contemporary movements as responses to modernity.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 398  Judaism in the Modern Age  Units: 3.00  

The development of modern Jewish thought and practice, including the Reform, Orthodox, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements. The consequences of the Holocaust and the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
LEARNING HOURS 132 (36L;96P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above or (6.0 units in RELS at the 100-level).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 401  Honours Seminar  Units: 3.00  

Advanced seminar providing detailed reading of one contemporary theme or thinker in religious studies.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (6L;30S;12O;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 4 or above and registration in a (RELS Major or Medial Plan) and a (minimum GPA of 2.60 in 24.0 units in RELS). Corequisite (RELS 354 and [RELS 255 or RELS 355]) or RELS 353.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 451  Contemp Religious Situation  Units: 6.00  

Requirements: RELS353  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 452  The Contemporary Religious Situation  Units: 3.00  

Religion in modernity; traditional groups, newer religious movements, contemporary ideologies and social trends of religious significance.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 3 or above and registration in a (RELS Major or Medial Plan). Corequisite (RELS 354 and [RELS 255 or RELS 355]) or RELS 353. Exclusion RELS 451.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 501  Directed Special Studies I  Units: 3.00  

Reading courses on topics not covered in other available courses, arranged with individual members of the Department.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (12I;108P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 4 or above and registration in the RELS Major Plan and permission of the Department.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 502  Directed Special Studies II  Units: 3.00  

Reading courses on topics not covered in other available courses, arranged with individual members of the Department.
NOTE RELS 502/3.0 may be taken independently or as a continuation of RELS 501/3.0.

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 4 or above and registration in the RELS Major Plan and permission of the Department.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 800  Professional Development Seminar  Units: 3.00  

Monthly seminar series for building graduate students¿ professional academic and alt-academic skills through workshops, Q&As, and presentations about topics including: publishing, conferencing, funding, applying for further graduate study or employment, etc. Topics will be timed to the appropriate point in the cycle of each academic year (i.e. sessions on SSHRC and OGS will occur early in Fall semester). This is a mandatory course. This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 801  Religion And Modernity  Units: 3.00  

Examines the nature of religious transition in response to various pressures for religious change. Three term-hours; fall; E. Goldberg, F. Jahanbakhsh, P. Dickey Young.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 802  Theory/Method - Religious Stud  Units: 3.00  

Looks at recent articulations and applications of theories and methods in Religious Studies. Three term-hours; winter; E. Goldberg

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 806  Directed Special Studies 1  Units: 3.00  

Advanced seminar providing detailed reading in one contemporary theme or thinker in Religious Studies. Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 807  Directed Special Studies 2  Units: 3.00  

Advanced seminar providing detailed reading in one contemporary theme or thinker in Religious Studies. Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 808  Readings In Religion I  Units: 3.00  

Advanced seminar providing detailed reading of one contemporary theme or thinker in Religious Studies. Three term-hours, fall; P. Dickey Young.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 809  Readings In Religion II  Units: 3.00  

Advanced seminar providing detailed reading of one contemporary theme or thinker in Religious Studies. Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 810  Contemporary Christian Thought  Units: 3.00  

Exemplary work in recent and contemporary Christian theology.  Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 811  Jesus: Continuing Hist Quest  Units: 3.00  

This course provides an introduction to the methods and premises used in the modern quest to understand the historical facts of Jesus life. Particular attention will be given to understanding the historical Jesus in his first-century socio-cultural context. Offered jointly with RELS-311*. Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 812  Christian Feminist Theology  Units: 3.00  

Issues raised by the feminist critique of traditional Christian theology and feminist attempts at theological reconstruction. Three term-hours; winter; P. Dickey Young.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 821  Greek and Roman Religions  Units: 3.00  

A study of the development and organization of non-civic religious associations in the Greek and Roman empires using inscriptions, papyri, and literary texts. Insight into religious practices of the Greco-Roman period comes through exploration of groups organized by deity, cult, occupation, or ethnic identity, and the so-called mystery religions.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 822  Yoga In India And The West  Units: 3.00  

Surveys the history and philosophy of yoga in India and the West. Three term-hours; fall; E. Goldberg

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 826  Religion and Politics in Muslim Societies  Units: 3.00  

Explores the role of religion in the politics of Muslim societies with particular attention to the modern period.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 827  Indigenous Traditions in North America  Units: 3.00  

Introduction to the study of Indigenous traditions in North America.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 828  Interpretation Apocalyptic Lit  Units: 3.00  

The primary focus of the course will be the theological perspectives and social functions of apocalyptic in select religious traditions. The course will also survey the appropriation of apocalyptic themes throughout history in artistic forms such as art, fiction, and film, with particular attention to our modern times and cultures. Offered jointly with RELS-328*. Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 830  Religion Nature & Technology  Units: 3.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 831  Religion And Violence  Units: 3.00  

Links between violence and religious beliefs, practices, and institutions; for example, sacrifice, holy wars, scapegoating, and suicide.   Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 834  Jewish Views Of The Other  Units: 3.00  

A study of the tensions that come into play as Jews formulated views of the Other to balance co-existence with them. Source materials include authoritative writings of Jewish commentary and law and social scientific views of them. Three term-hours; winter; H. Basser

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 840  Religion And Democracy  Units: 3.00  

Deals with the role of religion in the public sphere and its relation to liberal democracy. It examines the (in)compatibility of some tenets of certain religions with modern democratic principles. Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 841  Spirituality, Secularity, and Nonreligion  Units: 3.00  

A study of concepts intended to summarize positions which are necessarily defined in reference to religion but considered to be other than religious. We explore the origins and presence of perspectives and experiences including the secular, spiritual -but-not-religious, atheistic, and other forms of imitation, indifference, and hostility to religion.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 852  Contemp Religious Situation  Units: 3.00  

Religion in modernity; traditional groups, newer religious movements, contemporary ideologies and social trends of religious significance. Offered jointly with RELS-452*. Three term-hours; fall; P. Dickey-Young.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 854  Theory In Religious Studies  Units: 3.00  

An introduction to major theoretical approaches to the study of religion. Offered jointly with RELS-354*.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 884  Feminist & Religious Studies  Units: 3.00  

Examination of feminist theory and its application to the study of religion.  Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 885  Religious Fundamentalisms  Units: 3.00  

Religious fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon not exclusive to any religion. In the past few decades, religious fundamentalist movements have been shaping new social, cultural and political norms in a predominately secular age. The course explores theoretical aspects and examines specific case studies across various religions and cultures. Offered jointly with RELS-385 with additional work required for graduate students.
EXCLUSION-RELS-385

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 886  Religion and Technology  Units: 3.00  

Examines the connections between religion and the rise of technology in the modern period.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 887  Problems in Ancient Mediterranean Religions  Units: 3.00  

An interdisciplinary study of the religions and mythical traditions of Mediterranean and Near Eastern cultures from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. Topics will vary according to instructor. The course will have special regard for, but not be limited to, the Levant, and the Greek and Roman world.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 888  Critical Ethnography in the Study of Religion  Units: 3.00  

The course will engage in the theory and method of ethnography as it has been used in the study of religion. It will engage with various examples of ethnographic case studies, particularly as they interrogate questions of insider/outsider positionalities while exploring ways in which gender, sexuality and race, trauma and safety have been negotiated in various field work projects by religious studies scholars.

Offering Faculty: School of Religion  
RELS 893  Buddhism In The Modern World  Units: 3.00  

Encounter between Buddhism and the West, major movements and thinkers, and socio-politically engaged Buddhism.  Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 894  Reln & Politics In Mod. China  Units: 3.00  

Examines Chinese and foreign religions in mainland China from 1949 to the present day.  Topics include the status of established religions, the political control of new religious movements and the resurgence of traditional Chinese religion and ideologies including Daoism and Confucianism.  Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 896  Islam In The Modern World  Units: 3.00  

Exploration of Islamic developments since the 19th century: major thinkers, trends of thought, and contemporary movements as responses to modernity. Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 897  Judaism In The Modern Age 3l/S  Units: 3.00  

The development of modern Jewish religious thought and practice, including the Reform, Orthodox, Conservative and Reconstructionist  movements.  The consequences of the Holocaust and the establishment of the modern state of Israel. Not offered 2010-2011.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
RELS 898  Master's Essay  Units: 6.00  

A research essay. The Master's Essay must demonstrate appropriate competence in the application of theoretical and methodological approaches to a suitable research topic in the study of religion. The Master's Essay will not be subject to an oral defence but will normally be read by one member of the department in addition to the essay supervisor.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science